Olympiacos Back to Winning Ways
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 24
|Olympiacos||2 - 0||Atromitos|
|da Costa 32'
SuperLeague leaders Olympiacos finally returned to winning ways after a poor run of three successive defeats courtesy of a shaky but satisfactory 2-0 home win over Atromitos at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium on Sunday.
A header from Morocco central defender Manuel Da Costa and a second half goal from Karim Ansarifard proved enough to seal a much-needed first win for interim boss Vasilis Vouzas, whose team found the going tough after previous defeats against AEK, Panionios, and PAOK.
The three-point haul was the perfect response from the Erythrolefki, who were under pressure to pick up the win after second-placed Panionios had briefly cut their lead to just three points with a 1-0 victory over Larissa 24 hours earlier.
As well as extending their lead to six points again, the win also boosts the Red and Whites ahead of Thursday’s return leg of their Round of 16 Europa League clash with Turkish giants Besiktas in Turkey.
Atromitos fans will feel their side were hard done by in Piraeus, with the first goal in the 36th minute originating from a corner which was given in error moments earlier by referee Spiros Selimos.
Olympiacos worked the ball on the left following the flag kick, with Kostas Fortounis swinging over a cross which was met perfectly by Da Costa, who powered a header past Atromitos keeper Andrey Gorbunov.
That goal settled the home fans nerves, and the relief was palpable when Ansarifard found the back of the net from another Fortounis centre two minutes after the hour mark.
The home side certainly did not have things all their own way, however, with Atromitos coach Ricardo Sa Pinto cutting an animated figure on the touchline with no fewer than three highly questionable offside decisions given against his team when players would have been one-on-one with Olympiacos custodian Nicola Leali.